Sunday, May 14, 2006

The greatest tennis match of 2006 (so far)

The best player in the world on clay courts against possibly the greatest player ever. This time Rafael Nadal won 6-7 (0-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) on clay against Roger Federer in the final of the Rome Masters.

This was possibly the greatest match of the year (so far). At 5 hours and 5 minutes, it was the longest match of the year. With the win, Nadal equals Guillermo Vilas' record of 53 consecutive clay court wins. Barring a first round upset in his next tournament, he will go on to break it. You can find the highlights of the match here.

But with this one, Federer also proved that he is capable of going the distance with the best player in the world on clay courts. Every game they play, Federer is inching closer to matching Nadal on clay. Now I wouldn't be surprised if Federer actually wins against Nadal at the French Open and proves himself as the greatest tennis player... EVER.

1 comment:

Nandan said...

Perfection can be trifle boring sometimes; hence it is not entirely disheartening to find Federer second best on clay (for time being, at least.) Feet of 'clay', perhaps. :)